Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28442
Hints and tips by Kath
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BD Rating — Difficulty *** — Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone. It’s definitely a Ray T Thursday – it has most of his trademarks although I didn’t notice much innuendo. I thought it was quite tricky but always find it hard to judge difficulty and enjoyment when I know I’m doing the hints so please leave a comment telling us how you got on today.
In the hints below the definitions are underlined and the answers are under the bits that say ANSWER so only do that if you need to see them.
1a Awkward English gathered around boozer, right? (11)
EMBARRASSED — Start off with the abbreviation for E(nglish), follow that with another word for gathered or collected which contains (around) a place to have a drink (boozer) and R(ight).
10a Republic with north-east bordering China (5)
NEPAL — The abbreviation for N(orth) E(ast) followed by a little word meaning a friend – China being cockney rhyming slang here.
11a Leader that is leading paper in row (9)
CHIEFTAIN — The two letter abbreviation for that is in Latin and another abbreviation for a newspaper (the pink one) are contained in (in) a row or sequence.
12a Lay bare in sun’s heat? Heavenly! (9)
UNSHEATHE — Our first lurker of the day indicated by in – the answer is hidden in the last three words of the clue.
13a Jack up using beams, reportedly (5)
RAISE — A homophone (reportedly) of beams.
14a Little hooters? (6)
OWLETS — These ‘hooters’ are birds rather than noses or any other of its meanings.
16a Most extreme leader in some bother gathering support (8)
STEEPEST — The first letter (leader) of S(ome) and a bother, or nuisance, contain (gathering) a support – the ‘golfy’ kind.
18a Defraud people — it’s a gift (8)
DONATION — A little word meaning defraud – not con, the other one – is followed by people or race.
20a Scruffy artist facing time in silence (6)
RAGTAG — The usual two letters for an artist are followed by a verb to silence or stifle which contains (in) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime)
23a Doctor in North America uses anaesthetic (5)
NUMBS — A two letter abbreviation for one of the qualifications of a doctor is contained in (in) N(orth) and the two letters for America.
24a Cutting fish, worker holds end of kipper (9)
TRENCHANT — A freshwater fish contains the last letter (holds end) of kipper and after that you need a worker insect.
26a Trite ‘Amen’ with resolution to close (9)
TERMINATE — An anagram (with resolution) of TRITE ‘AMEN’.
27a Revs turning old motor (5)
SERVO — An anagram (turning) of REVS is followed by the abbreviation for O(ld). I’d never heard of this but the BRB had.
28a Pair on alert, frolicking in common (11)
PROLETARIAN — An anagram (frolicking) of PAIR ON ALERT.
2d Miserable or pining, exhibits sulks initially (5)
MOPES — A Ray T special – the first letters (initially) of the first five words of the clue. Not quite sure what to underline as the definition here.
3d Top lieutenant accepting soldiers in disorder (7)
AILMENT — Two letters meaning ‘top’ are followed by the abbreviation for lieutenant which contains (accepting) some soldiers.
4d Tell Church is uplifted in ceremony (6)
RECITE — A ceremony or ritual contains (in) a reversal (is uplifted) of one of the usual crosswordland abbreviations for Church.
5d Steps too much, twisting heel (8)
STILETTO — These steps are the sort that are built into a wall or fence and they’re followed by a reversal (twisting) of three letter abbreviation meaning too much. How anyone stands up in these, let alone walks, is a mystery to me.
6d Implement found in garden for certain (7)
ENFORCE — Our second lurker (found in) – it’s hiding in the last three words of the clue. Implement here is a verb – a pity it’s not my missing trowel which is almost certainly to be found somewhere in the garden.
7d Defiant trade union is out around Britain (13)
INSUBORDINATE — An anagram (out) of TRADE UNION IS which contains (around) B(ritain).
8d Blatant bloke provided Ecstasy on street (8)
MANIFEST — A bloke or chap is followed by a conjunction meaning provided, or on condition that, the one letter abbreviation for E(cstasy) and then the abbreviation for street.
9d Testing a vino I fancy for research (13)
INVESTIGATION — An anagram (fancy) of TESTING A VINO I
15d Monument left with blemish (8)
LANDMARK — The one letter abbreviation for L(eft) is followed by a little word that means with or also and, finally, a blemish or scar.
17d Fellow bowled unreasonably, spinning the whole game (8)
FOOTBALL — F(ellow) is followed by a reversal (spinning) of the cricket abbreviation for B(owled) and a short word that means unreasonably or more than is desirable and then another little word meaning the whole or total. Phew – that one caused a spot of bother.
19d Check one with Queen getting more irritable (7)
TESTIER — A verb to check or examine is followed by the letter that looks like the Roman numeral for one and the usual two letters for our Queen.
21d Plaintiff upset about copper’s hesitation (7)
ACCUSER — Begin with a reversal (upset) of the two letter abbreviation of the Latin for about, follow that with the two letter chemical symbol for copper, with the ‘S, and finish with a hesitation.
22d Go over middle of area covering fossil fuel (6)
REPEAT — The middle two letters of aREa are followed by (covering) a fossil fuel that I always associate with Ireland.
25d Courts having a case unresolved (5)
ATRIA — The A from the clue is followed by a case or hearing without its final letter (unresolved)
I liked 12 and 23a and 5d. My favourite was 6d, mainly because of my missing trowel!
The Quickie Pun:- VERSE + EYE = VERSAILLES